New Zealand in Zimbabwe 2011 September 23, 2011

Bracewell, Nicol and Aldridge in limited-overs squads

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand have included three uncapped players - Doug Bracewell, Rob Nicol and Graeme Aldridge - in their ODI squad for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, and two - Bracewell and Dean Brownlie - for the one-off Test in Harare. Fast bowler Kyle Mills, who last played in 2009, returns to the Test squad along with offspinner Jeetan Patel and batsman BJ Watling.

These are the first squads selected after New Zealand Cricket appointed John Buchanan as its director of cricket and Kim Littlejohn as national selection manager. It is also New Zealand's first series since their 2011 World Cup campaign ended in March, and therefore the first under Ross Taylor's captaincy, after Daniel Vettori stepped down and said he would be taking a break from one-day and Twenty20 cricket in an effort to prolong his Test career.

The limited-overs squad contains 11 players who featured at the World Cup, along with batsmen Watling and Nicol, and allrounders Bracewell and Aldridge. The World Cup players not in this squad were injured fast bowlers Tim Southee and Hamish Bennet, batsman Jamie How, fast bowler Daryl Tuffey, whose contract with NZC was not renewed, and retired allrounder Scott Styris.

"Rob Nicol has earned his place after having good domestic performances last season. We think that the wickets in Zimbabwe, it is important to have good spin options and he provides us with extra cover in the batting," New Zealand coach John Wright said. "The retirement of Scott Styris has given both Rob and James Franklin the opportunity to work for that space.

"Bracewell did very well at the Emerging Player Tournament so that led to his selection in both tour parties. Like Bracewell, Brownlie had a good EPT and strong domestic form so has earned his place. He's a player we think a fair bit of. Watling comes back to serve in both squads as batting cover and also as wicketkeeping cover for the ODIs and Twenty20s.

"Jeetan is further down the line than his competitors in terms of experience and we've been encouraged by what we've seen at the camp. This is a good opportunity for Kyle Mills. He is keen to play the five-day form of the game so he'll take his chance with the other four bowlers. He has done a lot of training this winter and is keen to play."

Littlejohn was hopeful Southee would be fit for the Test series. Southee had injured his knee while training for the Champions League Twenty20. "We will continue to closely monitor Southee's fitness in the build-up-up to tour and are hopeful that he will recover in time for the Test series," Littlejohn said. "His left knee will be reassessed by our medical staff with final decision on his availability taken in the next couple of weeks."

Batsman Daniel Flynn was unavailable for selection because he had aggravated a pre-existing hip injury at the pre-tour camp.

ODI and Twenty20 squad: Ross Taylor (capt), Graeme Aldridge, Doug Bracewell, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Andy McKay, Kyle Mills, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock.

Test squad: Ross Taylor (capt), Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Andy McKay, Kyle Mills, Jeetan Patel, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, BJ Watling, Reece Young.

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  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Surely Lou Vincent deserves a crack in the ODI squad at least

  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    wheres the rest of our young quicks?? dougie bracewell is going 2 b a superstar(very handy batsman also) but a little annoyed that there is no milne,bates,boult,and astle as 2nd spinner??? as opposed 2 mckay,patel mills,martin. batting looks fairly good though not sure bout aldridge nicol deserves his chance how mccullum n guptill go at the top of the order will b crucial as will taylors batting 4 the bigger tests l8r on in the summer

  • Vaughan on September 25, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Only odd selections for me are: Watling, Aldridge, Mills (in tests).. where is Broom?? consistently the best batsmen (statistically as well) in NZ whos not already in the black caps!! Nicol deserves his does brownlie, Nicol should have had a chance in the WC well ahead of Jamie How!! btw Wagner is not available until feb-Mar 2012, but will be a class addition. Watling has done nothing, and as for Aldridge well with all due respect I had hoped that an injection of Australian management would result in more aggressive selection, ie trial guys with pace, and potential to take wickets! Mills will break down in his first test... Atleast Bracewell is a look at the future, and hopefully young guys like Milne, Wheeler will emerge this season or next, though need to be taking bags of wickets for CD first... Top test team right now: McCullum, Guptil, Williamson, Taylor, Ryder, Brownlie/Broom, Young, Vetorri, Southee, McKay, Martin. All the best boys!!

  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Michael Bates should definitely get a look in for the t20 team

  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Still no Neil Broom That a shame!!

  • Dummy4 on September 24, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    How does Watling continue to get picked? He isn't a very good domestic 4 day player, why do the selectors pick him for internationals?

    I thought the young left arm quick, Neil Wagner was now available to play for NZ. He has a better first class strike rate than Shane Bond, how can he possibly be overlooked? Also add Michael Bates and O'brien to the mix it seems we are picking a second string attack when better bowlers are available. I am not looking forward to watching Mills back in the whites, if there's no swing you may as well have played another batsman.

    Good choice on Bracewell though, hopefully he can inject some pace into our bowling and hitting power down the order

  • Amit on September 24, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    good to see jeetan back in team,sensible decision by wright

  • Dylan on September 24, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    I would have preferred to see guys like Adam Milne and Michael Bates be given a chance to prove themselves and gain experience, what better way to do that against a lower ranked team without hindering the prospect of victory? Considering we have to play Australia and South Africa soon, I don't like the idea of relying on the old and worn shoulders of guys like Martin, Aldridge (who is 33 and only just making his International debut), Mills and McKay for the next year or so. Vettori isn't exactly getting any younger either, it would have been better to get one of the younger spinners out there rather than Patel or Woodcock. I think they got it right with the batsmen though, you would have to be a little special to go wrong with that anyway.

  • Dennis on September 24, 2011, 1:13 GMT

    Bj Watling add another opener to the list who are not good enough for test level Papps , Redmond , How ,Ingram ,Cumming , Like to see Rob Nicol given a chance ,can,t do any worse than the other six , plus he,s a second spinner option .Good to see Bracewell given a chance ,hopefully he bring that agressive Bracewell attitude like his dad and uncles had .

  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    best of luck kiwi. in the ODI and test cricket

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